Teenagers, the internet and social networks
Most teenage and internet stories underline the real risks of cyberbullying and online fraud, most likely to endanger teenagers. Another risk? Teenagers themselves. They spend many hours on social networks, receiving multiple daily and late-night messages, downloading various songs and updating Facebook, and many other day-to-day activities that highly affect children’s state of being and can potentially be harmful. Thus, the internet has a huge influence on children.
Since the internet is an extraordinary source of different information, we can say that it is used quite a lot. This overuse of the internet is being considered as a negative and high-risk phenomenon. The dangers faced by young people are addiction, exposure to inappropriate materials, loss of time, etc. However, the internet has its own positive aspects as it helps us to raise the potential to learn and promote social relationships.
How addicted are teenagers to social networks?
We live in the world of social networks where our everyday life is very related to the information we seek to receive from time to time. Teenagers addiction to social networks is higher than for children because teenagers' curiosity makes them look more into the virtual world. We need to be more specific in the separation between addiction and spending many hours on social networks due to work. Engagement in various forms on social media is a routine activity that brings benefits to children and teenagers whether in improving communication, social ties, and even capacity building. Social media sites like Facebook and Myspace offer many daily opportunities for connecting with friends, classmates, and people of common interest.
Because of their limited capacity for self-regulation and sensitivity to peer pressure, children and teenagers may be at risk while navigating and experimenting on social media. High-intensity use of social media exposes children to behaviors such as cyberbullying, sending explicit content messages, exposing inappropriate content, discrimination, etc.
Some of the social networks most used by teenagers:
Instagram is a social network that lets you share photos, take photos, apply filters to them, and share them to other social networks like Facebook and Twitter. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and came out for use in October 2010. Today, this network is widely used and is estimated to be up to 100 million active users, according to research conducted three years ago.
Facebook is a social network created in February 2004. Since September 2012, Facebook has over one billion active users, more than half of whom use it. First, users must register, then create a personal profile, add other users as friends, exchange messages, and more. In addition, users can join groups of common interests, organized by workplace, school or college etc.
WhatsApp Messenger is the instant messaging platform for all smart devices that have access to the Internet. In addition to text messaging, users can also send photos, videos, and audio messages. WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by American Brian Acton and Ukrainian Jan Koum.